Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

What's on the tape? ICAC chief Megan Latham urges inquiry to listen to phone intercept

Sean Nicholls The answer to this tantalising question could determine the future of two of NSW's most powerful legal figures.

ICAC strikes back in battle with Margaret Cunneen

Sean Nicholls The NSW corruption watchdog is to tender details of potentially explosive phone intercepts at a parliamentary inquiry.

Labor left pushes for NSW land tax overhaul to counter GST hike

Sean Nicholls Labor's left faction will recommend an "inherently progressive" tax that won't "disproportionately punish low- and middle-income earners".

Labor MP demands apology for 'racist' slur over Israel policy

Threatening defamation action: Shaoquett Moselmane.

Sean Nicholls The first Muslim elected to the NSW Parliament is threatening defamation action against The Australian newspaper and reporter Sharri Markson if they do not apologise for an article branding his...

Coalition warned new land clearing laws risk reputation damage to farmers

Josh Gilbert, pictured here with fellow farmer Anika Molesworth, has warned land clearing laws may damage the agriculture industry's reputation.

Sean Nicholls A former farming lobby head has warned the agriculture industry risks reputational damage akin to that suffered after the live cattle exports scandal if the state government proceeds with...

James Packer told to shrink podium in Crown Resorts and widen public space at Barangaroo casino

James Packer expressed frustration in December at the slow progress on his casino at Barangaroo.

Anne Davies and Sean Nicholls Crown Resorts has been asked to consider reducing the size of the podium for its proposed casino tower and move it back from the waterfront, to address concerns the lower floors of the casino...

Alan Jones attack threat to potential Craig Kelly challengers

Sean Nicholls, James Robertson Alan Jones says he will have "a hell of a story" to tell if a Liberal MP is challenged for preselection.

Labor accuses Mike Baird of 'trickle down economics' in GST plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31:  Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird in Martin Place, Sydney on January 31, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Katherine Griffiths/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls, State Political Editor Mike Baird's new proposal to lift the GST to meet the health and education funding needs of the states still relies on the Commonwealth agreeing to additional spending, possibly from the economic...

Mike Baird makes new case for 15% GST

Seeking consensus: NSW Premier Mike Baird is renewing his call for a 15% GST.

Sean Nicholls Mike Baird has rebooted his pitch to increase the GST, calling for a new "consensus" plan that aims to plug the immediate health and education funding gap and satisfy the Commonwealth's calls for tax...

James Packer's Crown ramps up lobbying over Barangaroo casino

James Packer is frustrated by the delays in building Crown's Sydney Casino at Barangaroo.

Sean Nicholls Gambling mogul James Packer ramps up lobbying of the NSW government over his proposed Barangaroo hotel and casino resort in meetings with the Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Troy Grant.

Mike Baird unveils details of $1.1 billion affordable housing fund

Sean Nicholls "This new fund will allow us to unlock new homes for those who need them most," said Premier Mike Baird.

Parliamentary committee chair Damien Tudehope quizzes ICAC chief Megan Latham before inquiry

Damien Tudehope, who will chair the parliamentary hearing into the ICAC.

Sean Nicholls The chair of a parliamentary committee preparing to quiz anti-corruption chief Megan Latham over the investigation of Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen has issued questions to her weeks before the...

Unions gunning for Labor leader Luke Foley over GST comments

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley.

Sean Nicholls Key unions are preparing a public show of strength over Labor leader Luke Foley at next month's party conference by flexing their muscles to secure blanket opposition to any increase in the GST.

The minister's daughter, the local powerbroker and the furious state MP

Accused of branch stacking: Camden councillor Penny Fischer.

Sean Nicholls It was meant to be a routine meeting of an obscure Young Liberals branch held in November at the south west Sydney home of upper house MP Lou Amato.

Kaila Murnain seeks conference backing to become new Labor boss

 Former NSW Labor general secretary Jamie Clements, who resigned over sexual harassment allegations, which he denies.

Sean Nicholls Incoming NSW Labor general secretary Kaila Murnain has asked the national executive for permission to hold a ballot for the position at next month's state conference instead of being installed...

Backlash against 'totalitarian' ALP Israel trip ban proposal

The proposed ban on subsidised trips was an

Sean Nicholls A push to ban Labor MPs, officials and Young Labor members from accepting subsidised trips from the Israel lobby has provoked a backlash in the party, with one group branding it "totalitarian".

Liberal councillor's attack on Malcolm Turnbull inflames factional tensions

Marcus Cornish.

Sean Nicholls Simmering factional tensions in the NSW Liberals are being stoked by an email ruing the departure of Tony Abbott.

Push to ban Israel lobby trips for NSW Labor officials

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley has poured water on the Premier's vision for a new tech hub in Sydney's inner west.

Sean Nicholls Divisions within the ALP over Middle East policy are set to flare at next month's NSW conference over a push to ban MPs, party officials and Young Labor members from accepting subsidised trips to...

Labor's Lynda Voltz calls for answers over Jamie Clements investigation

Lynda Voltz has criticised an investigation by NSW parliament into sexual harassment claims against former NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements.

Sean Nicholls Labor MP Lynda Voltz has criticised an investigation by the NSW parliament into sexual harassment claims against former NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements.

Shooters MP Robert Borsak lashed by Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton over perjury claims

Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak.

Sean Nicholls Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton has accused NSW MLC Robert Borsak of an "outrageous slur" on the justice system over his claim that perjury charges against him are the result of political pressure.